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  • Ricky Fitts: But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.


  • Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.


  • Ricky Fitts: She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself.


  • Ricky Fitts: It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back.
    Jane Burnham: And what do you see?
    Ricky Fitts: Beauty.


  • Jane Burnham: Look mom, I really don't feel like having a Kodak moment here, OK?
    Caroline Burnham: (slaps her) You ungrateful little brat. Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we lived in a duplex. We didn't even have our own house.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about I'm sure, but don't worry, you will someday.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it's hard o stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once, and it is too much. My heart fills up like a ballon that is about to burst. And then I remember to relax. And stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can feel anything but gratitude for every moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about do you? But don't worry you will someday.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it's hard o stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once, and it is too much. My heart fills up like a ballon that is about to burst. And then I remember to relax. And stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can feel anything but gratitude for every moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about do you? But don't worry you will someday.


  • Lester Burnham: This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!


  • Lester Burnham: I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.
    Ricky Fitts: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.


  • Ricky Fitts: I'm leaving.
    Barbara Fitts: Okay. Wear a raincoat.


  • Angela Hayes: You want to have, like, ten thousand of his babies.


  • Lester Burnham: Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die.
    Lester Burnham: Remember those posters that said, 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life'? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die.


  • Lester Burnham: I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.


  • Lester Burnham: My Name Is Lester Burham.
    Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham.


  • Caroline Burnham: Lester you're gonna spill beer on the couch.
    Lester Burnham: [Pauses, gets up] So what? It's just a couch.
    Caroline Burnham: This is a $4,000 sofa upholstered with Italian silk! This is not just a couch!
    Lester Burnham: IT'S JUST A COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.[she leaves] I'm only trying to help you!


  • Lester Burnham: You guys do what you want and I don't complain....
    Lester Burnham: You guys do what you want and I don't complain...
    Caroline Burnham: You dont complain oh please well i must be psychotic then. If you don't complain WHAT IS THIS!
    Caroline Burnham: You don't complain oh please well I must be psychotic then. If you don't complain WHAT IS THIS!
    Lester Burnham: [ Throws dinner plate at the wall and pauses] Don't Interrupt Me Honey.
    Lester Burnham: [throws dinner plate at the wall and pauses] Don't Interrupt Me Honey.


  • Lester Burnham: my name is Lester Burnham. this is my neighborhood. this is my street. this is my life . I am 42 years old and in less then a year I will be dead.
    Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. this is my street. This is my life . I am 42 years old and in less then a year I will be dead.
    Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. this is my street. This is my life. I am 42 years old and in less then a year I will be dead.


  • Ricky Fitts: What's new in the world, Dad?
    Colonel Fitts: This country is going straight to hell!


  • Ricky Fitts: Never underestimate the power of denial.


  • Caroline Burnham: I will sell this house today...


  • Lester Burnham: This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts
    Lester Burnham: This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.


  • Ricky Fitts: She's not your friend, she's someone you use to feel better about yourself!
    Angela Hayes: Go fuck yourself psycho!
    Jane Burnham: Hey shut up bitch!
    Angela Hayes: Jane, he's a freak!
    Jane Burnham: Well than so am I, and we'll always be freaks and never be like other people, and you'll never be a freak, because you're too .. perfect.
    Angela Hayes: Yeah, well, at least I'm not ugly.
    Ricky Fitts: Yes you are .. and you're boring .. and you're totally ordinary .. and you know it.
    Angela Hayes: You two deserve each other.


  • Ricky Fitts: If I had to leave tonight, would you come with me?
    Jane Burnham: What?
    Ricky Fitts: If I had to go to New York, to live, would you come with me?
    Jane Burnham: Yes.
    Angela Hayes: You guys can't be serious, you're just a kid, and he's, like, a mental case, you'll end up living in a box on the street!
    Jane Burnham: I'm no more a kid than you are! .. We can use my plastic surgery money.
    Colonel Fitts: We won't have to, I have over $40000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.
    Colonel Fitts: We won't have to, I have over $40,000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.
    Angela Hayes: What, other drug dealers?
    Ricky Fitts: Yes!


  • Angela Hayes: You're way to uptight about sex!
    Jane Burnham: Just don't fuck my dad, alright!? Please!?
    Angela Hayes: Why not?


  • Caroline Burnham: That was exactly what I needed .. the royal treatment, so to speak .. Ugh! I was so stressed out! Ahhh .. ah ... ah! (laughs)
    Buddy Kane: You know what I do when I feel like that?
    Caroline Burnham: What?
    Buddy Kane: I fire a gun .. oh yeah, I go to this little firing range downtown and I .. just pop of a few rounds.
    Caroline Burnham: I've never fired a gun before.
    Buddy Kane: Well you've got to try it .. nothing makes you feel more powerful .. well, almost nothing.


  • Angela Hayes: I think maybe you forgot your medication today, mental-boy
    Ricky Fitts: Hi, Jane
    Jane Burnham: Look I want you to stop filming me.
    Ricky Fitts: OK
    Angela Hayes: Well, whatever, this is boring .. lets go!
    Jane Burnham: Do you need a ride?
    Angela Hayes: Are you crazy? I don't want to end up hacked to pieces in a dumpster somewhere.
    Ricky Fitts: It's OK, I'll walk .. but thanks.
    Angela Hayes: Yeah, see, he doesn't want to go anyways, come on, let's go .. come on, Jane!
    Jane Burnham: I think I'm going to walk too..
    Angela Hayes: What?! Jane .. that's, like, almost a mile!


  • Lester Burnham: [narrating] Janie's a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her.


  • Caroline Burnham: WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!
    Lester Burnham: Uh Oh,Mom's mad.Bench presses. I'm going to wail on my pecs and then I'm gonna do my back.
    Lester Burnham: Uh Oh,Mom's mad. Bench presses. I'm going to wail on my pecs and then I'm gonna do my back.


  • Lester Burnham: Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much: my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst, and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world.


  • Ricky Fitts: Don't underestimate the power of denial
    Ricky Fitts: Don't underestimate the power of denial.


  • Ricky Fitts: What's happening in the world dad.
    Colonel Fitts: This country is going straight to hell.


  • Lester Burnham: Today I quit my job. Then, I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost $60,000, (no pause) Pass the asparagus.
    Lester Burnham: Today I quit my job. Then, I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost $60,000, [no pause] Pass the asparagus.


  • Caroline Burnham: Uh, whose car is that out front?
    Lester Burnham: Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I've always wanted and now I have it. I rule!


  • Ricky Fitts: I'm not obsessed, I'm just curious
    Ricky Fitts: I'm not obsessing. I'm just curious.


  • Buddy Kane: Man... You are one twisted f*ck.
    Lester Burnham: Nope. I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.


  • Ricky Fitts: Never underestimate the power of denial.


  • Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.
    Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.


  • Lester Burnham: That's....what....You.....Think!
    Lester Burnham: That's... What... You... Think.


  • Caroline Burnham: Lester, just stop it!
    Lester Burnham: No, no. You... don't get to tell me what to do... ever... again.
    Lester Burnham: You don't get to tell me what to do ever again.


  • Caroline Burnham: [Carolyn and Buddy have just been caught kissing by Lester] We were just at a seminar. Emm... Buddy, this is my....
    Caroline Burnham: [Carolyn and Buddy have just been caught kissing by Lester] We were just at a seminar. Emm... buddy, this is my....
    Lester Burnham: Her husband. We've met before but something tells me you're going to remember me this time.


  • Lester Burnham: Smile! You're at Mr. Smiley's!
    Lester Burnham: Smile! You're at Mr. Smiley's.


  • Lester Burnham: Well, just what sort of severance package is management prepared to offer me, considering the information I have about our editorial director buying pussy with company money?


  • Lester Burnham: "Honey, this is Ricky (laugh) Fitz"
    Lester Burnham: Honey, this is Ricky (laugh) Fitts.


  • Lester Burnham: "You bloodless, money-grubbing freak."
    Lester Burnham: You're one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak.


  • Caroline Burnham: This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.


  • Jane Burnham: I know you think my dad's harmless, but you're wrong.


  • Ricky Fitts: Welcome to America's weirdest home videos.


  • Lester Burnham: Look at me, jerking off in the shower... This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here.
    Lester Burnham: Look at me, jerking off in the shower. This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here.


  • Buddy Kane: In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.


  • Ricky Fitts: She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself.


  • Caroline Burnham: I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today.


  • Ricky Fitts: I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting.


  • Caroline Burnham: What do you call this? Is this not a plant? If you have a problem with my plants, I can always call my landscape architect! Solved!


  • Lester Burnham: Well you know what? I've changed! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny!


  • Jane Burnham: Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me, he's just... too embarrassing to live.
    Jane Burnham: Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me, he's just, too embarrassing to live.


  • Caroline Burnham: You know, this really doesn't concern you.
    Lester Burnham: Well, actually, Janine is Senior Drive-thru Manager so you are on her turf.


  • Caroline Burnham: hat was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.
    Caroline Burnham: That was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.


  • Buddy Kane: [Carolyn is having sex in a motel room with the Real Estate King] Do you like getting nailed by the King?
    Caroline Burnham: Yes, your majesty!


  • Angela Hayes: Everything that's meant to happen does.


  • Lester Burnham: I'm tired of this Lawrence Welk shit!


  • Lester Burnham: [sits back down to eat] Oh, yeah, and one more thing, from now on we're going to have alternate dinner music because frankly - and I don't think I'm alone here...
    Lester Burnham: [sits back down to eat] Oh, yeah, and one more thing, from now on we're going to have alternate dinner music because frankly - and I don't think I'm alone here.


  • Lester Burnham: Lester throws the asparagus plate at the wall] Don't interrupt me, honey!
    Lester Burnham: [Lester throws the asparagus plate at the wall] Don't interrupt me, honey!


  • Lester Burnham: I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and I don't complain.
    Colonel Fitts: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets
    Colonel Fitts: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.
    Caroline Burnham: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.


  • Caroline Burnham: Er... I have some tiki torches in the garage...
    Caroline Burnham: Er. I have some tiki torches in the garage.


  • Angela Hayes: Go fuck yourself, psycho!


  • Angela Hayes: Who are you looking for?
    Jane Burnham: My parents are coming tonight. They're trying to, you know, take an active interest in me.
    Angela Hayes: Gross. I hate it when my mom does that.


  • Ricky Fitts: Anything new in the world, Dad?
    Colonel Fitts: This country is going straight to hell!


  • Colonel Fitts: This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!
    Lester Burnham: This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!


  • Lester Burnham: Spec-ta-cular!


  • Lester Burnham: Will someone please pass the fucking asparagus?


  • Lester Burnham: It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.


  • Caroline Burnham: Lester I refuse to live like this! This is not a marriage!
    Lester Burnham: This hasn't been a marriage, for years, but you were happy as long as I kept my mouth shut. Well guess what, I've changed! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny, because you're obviously not gonna help me out in that department!


  • Lester Burnham: Oh Carolyn, when did you become so... joyless?
    Lester Burnham: Oh Carolyn, when did you become so, joyless?
    Caroline Burnham: Joyless? I'm not joyless. There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know, Mr. Smarty Man. There's plenty of joy in my life.


  • Lester Burnham: Good. I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.


  • Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.
    Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday.


  • Lester Burnham: This isn't life! This is just stuff and its become more important to you than living.


  • Ricky Fitts: Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.


  • Lester Burnham: IT'S JUST A COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff and its become more important to you than living. Well honey, that's just nuts.


  • Lester Burnham: [shouts] It's just a couch!


  • Ricky Fitts: What a sad old man you are.


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